Information

Butcombe Trail Ultra, 50 miles (BTU50)

A single-day race starting at 8:00am on Saturday 27 April 2019.  We will be running clockwise from The Swan in Rowberrow (BS25 1QL) on the Northern side of the circuit.  The route is 50 miles with around 2000m ascent and earns 3 ITRA / UTMB points (confirmed for 2019).

Registration:

All competitors must register at The Swan to collect their race number.  Registration will open on the morning of the race from 6:30am to 7:30am.  Competitors must also attend the race briefing which starts at 7:40am on race morning in the registration area.  The race will start at 8:00am.

Please note – timings above are provisional and will be confirmed closer to the event.

 

Butcombe Trail Ultra, 56 miles (BTU56)

A single-day race starting at 7:00am on Saturday 27 April 2019.  We will be running clockwise from The Swan in Rowberrow (BS25 1QL) on the Northern side of the circuit. The route is 56 miles with around 2500m ascent and earns 4 ITRA / UTMB points (confirmed for 2019).

Registration:

All competitors must register at The Swan to collect their race number.  Registration will open on the morning of the race from 6am to 6:40am. Please arrive early as we have a short window to get everyone registered.  Competitors must also attend the race briefing which starts at 6:45am on race morning in the registration area.  The race will start at 7:00am.

Please note – timings above are provisional and will be confirmed closer to the event.

 

Navigation:

The routes are self-navigation and competitors will be provided with maps covering the entire route which they must carry at all times.  The Butcombe Trail itself is waymarked along much of its length but this can be patchy, and the BTU56 follows a different route for the middle 12 miles.  There will be marshals at key points.  GPX files of the routes are available on the Route page.

Feel free to get out on the course before race day to check out the route.  It’s a beautiful course on public footpaths and there are plenty of lovely Butcombe country pubs on the route. If you visit one of the pubs on a recce, please be sure to mention the race. There are details of all the pubs and suggested recce routes here.

 

Entry Requirements:

All entrants must have run a marathon since 1 Jan 2018. This doesn’t need to have been in a formal race, it could have been a 26.2+ mile training run. You will not need to provide proof of this, we trust you to tell the truth.

Entrants must be at least 20 years of age.

Runners will need to carry minimum kit of:

  • a water bottle or bladder;
  • whistle;
  • compass;
  • waterproof map case if the weather is wet;
  • waterproof top with hood and taped seams;
  • waterproof or windproof trousers;
  • long sleeved warmer top layer;
  • fully charged mobile phone with volume set to maximum;
  • gloves and buff or hat;
  • emergency food (e.g. gel, energy bar);
  • headtorch with charged batteries;
  • emergency foil blanket;
  • sunblock or additional warm clothes as dictated by weather conditions;
  • we will supply paper maps of the course which must be carried at all times.

There will be random kit checks.  We recommend that runners wear trail or fell shoes with good grip.

 

Checkpoints:

There will be seven checkpoints on the 50 mile route, eight on the 56. All but one of these are at Butcombe Brewery pubs.  You must visit every checkpoint.  A variety of sweet and savoury food, water and flat cola will be available at these checkpoints.

Please attach your race number to your front so that it can be clearly seen. You must show this number to marshals at each checkpoint – it is your responsibility to ensure that your number has been noted.  You must not run with another person’s number.

 

Cut-off time:

There is a maximum time of 15 hours to complete the 50 mile race (note this is 30 minutes less than in 2018) and 16 hours for the 56-miler. Any runners who, at earlier checkpoints, we believe will not be able to make the cut-off will be offered a lift to the finish. Cut-off times will be announced soon.

 

Prizes:

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal, which is specific to each edition of the race. Here is an example from 2018:

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There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category, provided by our sponsors, as well as various spot prizes and other goodies.

 

Camping:

The nearest camping is at Mendip Camp. This is a 1 mile walk along a bridleway from the start/finish, or 5 minutes by car. There are no showers but there is a toilet block and campers are allowed to make camp fires. There are other campsites nearby with full facilities (e.g. Lillypool Farm), as well as plenty of other places to stay to suit any budget.

 

Parking at the start:

Plentiful parking is available in a field opposite the pub. This will be well-signed on race day. Please don’t use the pub car park.

 

Running with dogs (Canicross):

With the race moving to April, we regret we can no longer accept runners with dogs due to lambs and other young livestock present in the fields through which the route runs.

 

Sponsors:

We would like to thank our sponsors

Butcombe Brewing Co

DEKA independent running store in Frome, specialising in trail and ultra running

Miller Design

 

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